RE: Need help with a pompous engineer

Subject: RE: Need help with a pompous engineer
From: Bill Burns <bill_burns -at- lionbridge -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Thu, 14 Feb 2002 13:13:20 -0700

> The word is re-notification, people are suggesting that we use
> renotification instead. I asked what set of rules they were using to make
> this decision and one of the engineers quipped of "Why don't you go look
> in
> the dictionary."
Wouldn't help. Hyphenation of prefixes is a style issue, for the most part.
Check instead in an online style reference. I think many (though probably
not all) would say that the hyphen isn't necessary. It doesn't make the term
any clearer, and prefixes don't have to be prepended using a hyphen in most

I think my primary concern would be why the engineer chose to respond in
that fashion. It doesn't give the impression (or even the illusion) of

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